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Sharing the Iberian Peninsula with Spain, Portugal draws many to enjoy port, its famous wine produced from grapes grown in the Douro Valley, as well as its hilltop castles and colorful palaces, medieval towns with cobbled streets, and breathtaking coastlines with white sandy beaches and some of the best surfing in Europe. 

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Best Portugal Luxury Tours & Trips

We have put together some luxury Portugal tours and itineraries to give you some inspiration. All of our trips are tailor-made and can be customized to suit you – our aim is to curate the perfect luxury experience for you, and with our friendly and knowledgable specialists, we are confident we will.

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Why we love private tours of Portugal



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There are so many reasons to love private tours of Portugal. Some have called it Europe’s “coolest” country, a vibrant up-and-coming destination that hasn’t been overrun by tourists just yet. It has a rich, centuries-long history, magnificent architecture, a gorgeous coastline with idyllic beaches and a thriving surfing scene, art to explore, fantastic wine and food, and plenty of shopping opportunities. 

To make sense of it all, our Portugal insiders have helped us to create itineraries that will bring you to the best it has to offer, complete with guided excursions led by local experts. 

Our private tours to Portugal can be customized to suit your particular needs and wants, while we provide expert advice to guide you along the way. They’re ideal for nearly every traveler, including foodies who can take a cooking class with a local chef and wine enthusiasts who can sightsee while sampling delicious local wines along the way.

Best places to go in Portugal

Portugal is home to cities with rich culture and history to explore like Lisbon, while Porto is the medieval capital of the north, the Douro Valley is the place to go for sampling port, and in the Algarve, glorious beaches await. See our full list of where to go in Portugal.

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    Set atop seven hills alongside the Tagus River near the Atlantic, Lisbon is home to St. George’s Castle and many historic buildings while beautiful golden sands are just minutes away. 

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    Porto offers a charming historical center with cobbled streets, a picturesque riverfront, and the atmospheric Ribeira with street vendors, eateries, and live music venues, while port cellars await across its iconic bridge. 

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    The Algarve

    The Algarve offers endless golden beaches with over 300 days of sunshine to enjoy them, some renowned for surfing and others ideal for swimming, diving, and nearly every other watersport imaginable.

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    Called the world’s most beautiful village by Lord Byron, Sintra is a fairytale-like place, with lush forest, mountains, exotic gardens, and colorful palaces, most famously Pena Palace, a fantastical Romanticist castle.

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    Douro Valley

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s oldest wine regions, the Douro Valley is known for its terraced vineyards carved into mountains, 18th-century wine cellars, and whitewashed estates called quintas.

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    A mountainous region, Alentejo is filled with fascinating history, with the capital of Evora a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a 2,000-year-old past and many remains from Roman times.

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Best time to visit Portugal

The best time to visit Portugal depends on your interests and where you plan to go. If you have a trip to the south with outdoor activities in mind, you’ll want to go in the winter when the weather is pleasant rather than uncomfortably hot, the crowds are at their thinnest of the year, and prices are lower too. If you want to explore urban locations and enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking in the north, the shoulder seasons, April and May or September and October are best as the cities won’t be packed with tourists and it won’t be too rainy.

Check out The Best Time to Travel to Portugal for more details.

What to do in Portugal

Beachgoers and surfers will love Portugal’s sun-splashed beaches framed by dramatic cliffs and azure waves, while wine enthusiasts can explore wineries, picturesque vineyards, and famous port cellars. History buffs will find cobbled alleyways lined with centuries-old buildings and even a fairytale castle.

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    Sample the wine

    The Douro Valley is a must-visit for wine enthusiasts as the world’s oldest demarcated wine region. Sample everything from amazing reds to sweet port wines that will be just as wonderful as the stunning natural scenery, with the Douro River framed on both sides by lush, rolling hills with terraced vineyards. 

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    Explore historic neighborhoods

    Some of the most alluring historic neighborhoods can be found in Lisbon, with Alfama its oldest district, home to well-preserved Moorish streets and cobbled alleyways that wind up to Sao Jorge Castle while the historic streets of Porto are adored with famous blue and white azulejo tiles that open to the pretty riverfront.

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    Retreat to the beach

    The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal, renowned for its golden sands and crystal-clear azure water. There are beaches ideal for everything from surfing to snorkeling, and diving, while Praia da Marinha is renowned for its magical sunsets, enveloped by soaring cliffs with magnificent hues splashed across its incredible rock formations offshore.

Your Portugal questions answered

Where are Portugal's best wine regions?

Portuguese wine is famous throughout the world. For food and drink aficionados, a visit to its wine-growing regions is not to be missed. Our favorite region to include our tours is the beautiful Douro Valley, flanked on either side of the Douro River, stretching through Portugal’s interior from the Spanish border right down to Porto. This UNESCO-protected region produces full-bodied reds, fresh whites, and is the home of sweet, sticky, fortified Port. Also around Porto, to the northwest, you’ll find the Vinho Verde region which produces Portugal’s famously fruity and fresh easy-drinking whites.

What are the best beaches in Portugal?

Portugal has nearly 2,000km of coastline along which you’ll find some of Europe’s finest beaches. They range from fascinating natural formations like Algar de Benagil which is only accessible by water, to wide sandy stretches with great facilities for a family day at the beach like Praia do Zavial. Portugal has also become well-known for some of the world’s best surf spots, like Coxos in Ericeira and North Canyon in the region of Nazaré.


What are the best places to visit in Portugal?

The two major cities – Lisbon and Porto – are undoubtedly the must-see places to visit in Portugal. The former, Portugal’s atmospheric capital, oozes history and charm, with pretty cobbled streets leading to elegant castles, graceful gardens, and vibrant cultural attractions. Porto is famed primarily for its wine, but you’ll also find more fine architecture and stunning views alongside the Porto River. The Douro Valley is heaven for wine lovers, and Braga – knowns as the spiritual heart of Portugal – is similar for those enthused by history and culture. All of these locations should be included on a typical highlights tour.

What's the best itinerary for Spain and Portugal?

A basic highlights tour of Spain and Portugal would take in the principal cities of both: Madrid and Barcelona in the former; Lisbon and Porto in the latter. Such as trip would be a compact 10-11 days with a key focus on culture, history, and urban sightseeing. With more time to play with travelers could also focus on the foodie highlights of Iberia, bringing the Douro Valley in Portugal, and perhaps a trip up to San Sebastian and the Basque region in Spain. A ‘Grand Tour’ could include Braga and Evora either side of Lisbon, then perhaps Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain, or the southern Spanish jewels of sophisticated Seville and breathtaking Granada.

How is the culture of Portugal different from Spain?

A tricky question to answer. The main point to address is that Portugal is the smaller country, with less geographical variation through its regions. It has been a single state for far longer, and all told has a more homogeneous culture countrywide. Spain however is a collection of vastly diverse regions: there is much more difference between, say, the Galicia and Andalusia than there is between either and Portugal. Of course, the best way to educate yourself on the differences between the two Iberian states is by examining in-depth on a tailor-made tour!

Pastel de nata, a 'must taste'?

100% yes! The humble egg custard tart is an icon of Portugal. The crisp flaky pastry and soft, sweet, sugary filling is a true thing of joy – you’ll easily find yourself snacking on 2 or 3 a day which touring around Portugal! Pastel de Nata are sold all over Portugal, but the recipe originates from the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem, a western neighborhood of Lisbon. The nuns and monks used egg whites to starch their clothes, and needing to find a use for excess egg yolks, came up with this magnificent sweet treat! Pasteis de Belem, right next to the monastery, claims to serve the best Pastel de Nata in the world (we have tried, and think they might have a case!).

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